The Native Commons Project

The Native Commons 
Demonstration Project


The St. Louis County Department of Planning and the Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) are excited to announce the Native Commons demonstration project. Grant funds in the amount of $10,000 will be awarded to a subdivision in unincorporated St. Louis County to fund the transition of common ground to a native landscape.


Native landscaping involves using hardy, low maintenance plants native to this area. By using native landscaping in common ground instead of traditional manicured turf, subdivision associations can reduce maintenance costs, increase on-site stormwater management, promote healthy ecosystems and create more attractive and sustainable neighborhoods. More information on native landscaping can be found in the Native Landscaping Guide, published by the Department of Planning in 2011.


Any subdivision with common ground and trustees in unincorporated St. Louis County is eligible to apply. Eligible activities include native plant establishment, habitat enhancement, and invasive species control. Trail development and outreach activities and events may be eligible for funding if part of a larger habitat improvement project. A completed application and supporting documents must be received by April 13, 2012 and the subdivision will be selected in May 2012. Click here to view the application materials.  


Proposals will be ranked based on the following criteria (100 points possible):

  • Financial capacity for long-term management (40 points)
  • Potential for environmental impact (25 points)
  • Volunteer support and partnerships (25 points)
  • Project visibility and outreach potential (10 points)
  • Attending the Partners for Native Landscaping workshop (5 bonus points)


  • Read through the Native Landscaping Guide
  • Contact the grant program coordinator prior to submitting an application to discuss the potential project and application requirements


Louis Clayton, program coordinator
314-615-2529, [email protected]

  • Attend the the Partners for Native Landscaping Workshop on March 31, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., at the Powder Valley Conservation Nature Center and receive five bonus points on your subdivisions’s application. The workshop costs $15 and includes lunch. Call 314-301-1500 to register or click here for more information.
  • Submit completed applications to St. Louis County by April 13, 2012
Attn: The Native Commons Project
St. Louis County Department of Planning
41 South Central, 5th floor
Clayton, MO 63105

Louis Clayton, program coordinator
[email protected]
Subject: The Native Commons Project